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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1701

Mr Collard asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

(I)   Is payment to the person in charge of an unofficial post office based on traffic of mail and telephone operating hours.

(2)   If so, when during each of the last 5 years were the rates adjusted, and what was the percentage increase on each occasion.

(3)   Can be say when the next adjustment will be made.

Sir Alan Hulme - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Payments to persons in charge of nonofficial post offices are based on the volume of post office business transacted and are calculated in accordance with the scale of payments set out in the relative Determination of the Public Service Arbitrator. The determination also prescribes additional allowances to be paid to non-official postmasters for attendances to provide postal, telephone and telegraph services outside of the normal office hours.

(2)   Pay increases were granted to non-official postmasters on nine occasions during the past five years, the dates of effect being; 1st March 1966. 14th July 1966, 26th January 1967, 26th June 1969, 24th July 1969, 11th December 1969, 25th December 1969, 24th December 1970 and 7th January 1971. The percentage increases for a full-time service non-official postmaster on the minimum point in the scale were 4.2 per cent, 4.5 per cent, 2.5 per cent, 5.9 per cent, 10.5 per cent. 5.2 per cent, 3 per cent, 9.5 per cent and 6 per cent respectively. The increase on the minimum was generally representative of the percentage increases overall but in some instances, depending on the basis of adjustment, variations occurred throughout the scale of payments.

(3)   No.

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